I think the main problem of why STAT has had a hard time adjusting this year is not Melo, but it's Tyson Chandler. You can clearly see if you watch them both on the floor together, it's Tyson that's usually setting the picks when Melo or Lin are orchestrating, a role that STAT was doing before TC got here. The paint is too crowded with TC setting picks & Melo posting up. STAT has been relegated to floating out on the perimeter & he has not been able to hit his midrange shot this season. As much as I had hoped it would work out with STAT & Melo here, it may be time to trade Amar'e if the Knicks can get back some value.
I think Melo playing at the 4 is a better formula over the longterm & he seems to be more comfortable in this system at the PF. Because of STAT's contract & injury issues, trading him will be a very tall order. Our only hope is that he comes in next season focused & in better shape & commits himself to playing defense, something he has never been known for in the past. Jeremy Lin will have a hard time pleasing both Melo & STAT next season with enough touches unless 1 of those guys is willing to swallow his pride for the sake of the team.